Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Gucci City Series Collection– London

Have your passports ready, the newest addition to the limited Gucci City Series Collection brings you to London. Featuring all that you will need for the brief stop-over – a large leather duffel in place of the cumbersome luggage, leather tote for a brief excursion around the town, plus mobile carrier and high top sneakers, all donned with blacken skyline silhouettes of London against a backdrop of white. Completing each design are accents in blue, green, red, and yellow inspired by the 5 rings of the Olympic Movement. The collection also comes with a G-Timeless Sport watch  and Gucci branded sunglasses featuring the unmistakable London skyline. All will be available in the coming months at your nearest Gucci boutiques.

Via: FreshnessMag

What do you think of this new collection? #WeApprove 

Top 10 Most Valuable Luxury Brands in the World

Louis Vuitton, the French maker of laminated canvas handbags, was named the world’s most valuable luxury brand for a seventh consecutive year.
The brand, owned by LVMH, is worth $25.9 billion, a 7 percent increase from 2011, according to Millward Brown Optimor’s 2012 BrandZ study.
Hermes, in which LVMH owns a stake, rose to second place with a value of $19.1 billion, up 61 percent on last year. Rolex, the closely-held Swiss watch brand, was ranked third at $7.17 billion, a 36 percent gain.
Here are the top 10 names in luxury:
1 Louis Vuitton, valued at $25.9 billion, up 7%.
2 Hermes, valued at $19.1 billion, up 61%.
3 Rolex, valued at $7.2 billion, up 36%.
4 Chanel, valued at $6.7 billion.
5 Gucci, $6.4 billion (down 14%).
6 Prada, $5.7 billion (first time in top 10).
7 Cartier, $4.8 billion.
8 Hennessy, $4.6 billion.
9 Moet & Chandon, $4.2 billion.
10 Burberry $4.09 billion.
Via: bloomberg

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Who wore it best? Usher vs. Drake in Jil Sander Python Print tee

Jil Sander has done it yet again. This $290 Jil Sander green and navy Python Print Cotton Blend T-Shirt from her new collection has already been recently spotted on Usher and Drake. 

Rapper, Drake recently performed at the Velvet Room in Atlanta. He hit the after party in the python tee and paired it with simple black jeans and a single ring and beaded bracelet.

Father, Usher was spotted in tee while taking his son for a fun-filled day in Disneyland. He played up the shirt’s green tones with black G Star khaki cargo pants and Lanvin sneakers. He also accessorized with sunglasses tucked in the neck, mixed bracelets and a pinky ring. 

Unfortunately for us this color in the tee is sold out? 

It also comes in these other colors

So who wore it best?

Friday, May 18, 2012

[TREND WEEK] Day 5 :It takes a REAL MAN to wear Leopard

Yes, it takes a REAL MAN to where leopard. Welp this is a touchy subject but hopefully after this post lives will be changed (lol). 

Fashion icon Kanye West broke the ice when he was spotted in a GIVENCHY gabardine leopard bomber jacket for the second time recently on BET hit music countdown show 106 and Park. I thank Ye for taking this risk and finally bringing light to a controversial print some would classify as un-masculine. Remember the age old debate: Should real men wear pink? Well, pink disagree or not is just a color and with fashion powerhouse prep brand-names like Polo Ralph Lauren continuing to incorporate the the color in their collections, it is now more worldly acceptable. 

Terrance J was also spotted on 106 and Park in a leopard WESC track jacket.

Rappers like Drizzy Drake have also embraced the growing trend. He was spotted on the set of a video wearing a Supreme x North Face Leopard nupste puffer jacket. 

Mentor to Drake, Lil' Wayne has also been spotted court-side in leopard.

If you are still on the fence about this print, start small. Celebrities like Chris Brown, Justin Bieber, Carmelo Anthony and D Wade have all rocked leopard sneakers. 

Sneakers pictured above:

 Christian Louboutin 

  Christian Louboutin 

Jeremy Scott


As for us trendsetters, we need no convincing that REAL MEN in fact "do" wear leopard. We know that if no one takes risks, how will male fashion ever advance? But to help those who may want to try this trend but are not sure how to wear it, I put together some visual concepts with a few friends of mine:

Still debating? I'm just saying, if Diddy can wear leopard I know you can (lol).

Take that, take that! I know accepting leopard on a unanimous vote will only take time, but just remember fashion is forever evolving. What we deem appropriate attire for either gender will continue to change. 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

[Trend Week] Day 4: Spring Forward in Colored Chinos

"Chinos" or "Khakis" like most clothing items got its origins from the military. During the 1840s, British soldiers fighting in the Punjab realized that their white and scarlet uniforms made them easy targets, so they decided to dye them to blend in with the natural terrain. Nowadays colored chinos are essential to be deemed a "stylish" debonair. Once enjoyed by boat, golf, and polo enthusiasts now the world over can indulge in the trend that never goes out of style.

The pant has appeared on stylish celebrities ranging from Kanye West to Justin Timberlake and continues to grace the cover of men's magazines like GQ and Men's Vogue. 

 Top designers like Michael Bastian and Tom Ford have also incorporated the stylish slack in their collections. 

Looking for colored chinos? Check out a starter kit brought to you by The X-Stylez 

A. Topman $60.00
B. Asos $34.79
C. American Apparel $85.00
D. Urban Outfitters $54.00

E. Zara $59.90
F. Gap $39.99
G. Ralph Lauren $125.00 
H. Asos $139.16

This trend fits in the genre of prep and works GREAT as a pop of color laying a solid foundation for the palette you create. Here are a few visuals to help you conceptualize ideas when styling a pair of your own:

Tip:  If you're shorter in stature you may want to skip cuffing your pants, this causes a break in the line of the legs which can work more against you than for you. If you still want the cuffed look, try a single cuff that meets the top of your shoe.

This classic pant will forever be a part of  American men’s fashion! It's comfortable and simplistically fashionable. Remember no matter your personal style, make your mom proud by keeping it tailored! 

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